Session to focus on development of positive identity of students
Paula Wilkes will present a parent workshop, "Positive Identity Development and the Role of the Parent," from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lane Education Service District office, 1200 Highway 99. Wilkes is an assistant professor and coordinator of the Center for Gifted Education at Pacific University's Lane County campus. For information call 485-6812.
Winnie the Pooh to visit story time Saturday at Barnes & Noble
Winnie the Pooh and guests from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Emerald Valley will visit story time at 11 a.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 1163 Valley River Drive. For information call 687-0356.
Open studio time for art students available at Emerald Art Center
SPRINGFIELD - Emerald Art Center will host an open art studio from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for youth ages 6 to 12. Participants will create projects using a variety of art materials. Cost is $5, which includes all supplies. Emerald Art Center is at 500 Main St. For information call 726-8595.
`Secret Life of Toys' stories, songs to be presented at public library
SPRINGFIELD - "The Secret Life of Toys" will be the theme for Saturday Songs and Stories at 1 p.m. at the Springfield Public Library, 225 Fifth St. Storyteller and musician Pattiebuff Bear will lead children in a program of music, stories and a craft. The free program is open to all ages. An adult should accompany children 5 years of age and younger. For information call 726-2287.
Lincoln essay contest open to high school students
The Oregon Lincoln Bicentennial Committee is seeking essays as part of Lincoln's 200th birthday celebration. The essay contest is open to students in grades 9 to 12 who attend an Oregon school. The topic is Lincoln's presidential leadership and how it could be applied to the United States today.
One $1,500 cash prize and one $500 prize will be awarded in each of Oregon's five congressional districts. Deadline for submissions is Feb. 12.
For information, visit www.ous.edu/lincoln or call (503) 725-9030.
Teacher enrichment seminars offered by American history group
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History will sponsor 40 one-week teacher enrichment seminars across the United States and England for educators at every level and for National Park Service interpreters. Participants in the competitive application seminars will receive a $400 stipend, books, and room and board.
Applications must be submitted electronically by Feb. 15. For information visit www.gilderlehrman.org.
ACLU sponsoring essay contest for juniors, seniors on civil liberties
The Lane chapter of the Oregon ACLU is sponsoring an essay contest for junior and senior high school students in Lane County. The topic is "My Civil Liberties: Everyone's Business." The first-place winner will receive $500, and second place, $250.
The author of the winning essay will be invited to present it at the Lane chapter's annual membership meeting in February.
Deadline for submission is Jan. 9. For information and to obtain forms, visit www.aclu-or.org/site/DocServer/Lane_Essay_Contest.pdf?docID=3861
Scholarship for Costa Rica study opportunity being offered
Interamerican University Studies Institute, a nonprofit educational exchange organization linking the Americas, is accepting applications for a scholarship opportunity to study in Costa Rica in 2009.
High school students ages 15 to 17 with two years of basic Spanish and a course in biology by June 2009 are eligible to apply.
Program dates are June 26 to July 22 and July 10 to Aug. 5. The scholarship application deadline is Friday, and the priority application deadline is Feb. 6. For information visit www.iusi.org or call (800) 345-4874.